Circuit Court of Cook County Executive Committee Action on Judge Cynthia Brim
Released on 5/4/2012 11:03:55 AM


Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the Executive Committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County today removed Circuit Judge Cynthia Brim from all judicial duties until further order of court, after making the following findings:

  1. Judge Brim has been formally charged with the commission of a crime which reflects adversely upon her fitness to serve.
  2. Allegations of inappropriate conduct by Judge Brim have been brought to the attention of the Committee which tend to indicate there may be the threat of injury to the public, the judicial branch of government or the orderly administration of justice.
  3. There is reasonable cause to believe that a medical examination may reveal that Judge Brim presently is unable to perform her judicial duties which could result in serious injury to the public or impede the orderly administration of justice.

The Executive Committee also has denied Judge Brim unrestricted access to all court facilities. In the event she has court business, she will be escorted by court security.

The Executive Committee is chaired by Chief Judge Evans and is made up of the following judges:

Honorable Patricia Banks, Presiding Judge, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division

Honorable Paul P. Biebel, Jr., Presiding Judge, Criminal Division

Honorable Mary Ellen Coghlan, Presiding Judge, Probate Division

Honorable Grace G. Dickler, Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division

Honorable Sophia H. Hall, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Resource Section

Honorable Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division

Honorable William D. Maddux, Presiding Judge, Law Division

Honorable Patricia M. Martin, Presiding Judge, Child Protection Division

Honorable Edmund Ponce de León, Presiding Judge, County Division

Honorable Sebastian T. Patti, Presiding Judge, Domestic Violence Division

Honorable Michael P. Toomin, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Justice Division

Honorable E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Presiding Judge, First Municipal District

Honorable Shelley Sutker-Dermer, Presiding Judge, Second Municipal District

Honorable William O. Maki, Presiding Judge, Third Municipal District

Honorable Cheyrl D. Ingram, Presiding Judge, Fourth Municipal District

Honorable Raymond L. Jagielski, Presiding Judge, Fifth Municipal District

Honorable Marjorie C. Laws, Presiding Judge, Sixth Municipal District

Judge Brim was first elected a circuit judge in 1994 and has been assigned to the Sixth Municipal District in the Markham courthouse since 2010. She was admitted to the bar in 1983 and worked as an assistant Illinois attorney general in Chicago before joining the bench.